9 Tips to Improve Engagement with your LMS
Learner engagement is the buzzword in today’s e-learning industry and it’s so frequently used because of its importance throughout the entire learning management process. However, new learning initiatives can be a bit scary for some learners and might put them off taking part. Using the learning platform for induction activities, and training courses will get them used to the new system as part of their normal learning process. Here’s 7 ways we’ve identified to get you off to the best start.
1. Increase Accessibility
Make it easy for your learners to take your course! Logging into multiple systems, following numerous web links, and opening multiple subfolders can be overlooked obstacles for your learners. Try including a single sign-on to seamlessly transition between systems. A great goal to set is putting your course within two clicks of the sign in. Mobile accessibility can also be an engagement booster. Course compatibility for tablets and phones lets your learners choose their own device.
2. Boosting competition and Rewarding commitment
A bit of healthy competition can really boost interest in the platform. You can use gamification – i.e. offering certificates, achievements or awards to keep the level of interest high and publish leader-boards to encourage friendly competition between learners.
3. Promote Interaction
Engaging courses usually offer a wide array of interactive elements and media options. Short quizzes about the material just covered or fill in the blanks are two ways to make sure your learners are absorbing the material. Mixing in a variety of triggered media like video, animated graphics, and audio is a great way to stimulate interactivity because it gives your learners the feeling that they’re in control of their navigation through the material.
4. Complement existing learning
Your LMS solution shouldn’t be a standalone form of learning. It isn’t supposed to replace face-to-face education sessions, but should work alongside and complement them. Use it to post notes for a forthcoming meeting, or following up a session with a survey or quiz. It can even be used as a booking system, to ensure your courses don’t get over subscribed.
5. Improve communication
Learning online is an excellent way to enable regular communication, either by chat rooms, forums, or comment boxes. It gives users an opportunity to learn from other colleagues, and introduce ideas and information of their own. It will also help you to identify those who are fully behind the new learning system, and get them to help further promotion.
6. Incentives & Competition
Boost your learner engagement by providing incentives or encouraging some friendly competition. Group your learners into teams competing for the highest scores or team achievements can often increase engagement by making learning fun. If you think understanding the material has more indirect or long-term benefits for your learners, short-term or immediate incentives for completing the course or scoring in a high percentile can promote learner engagement.
7. Make sure it’s mobile friendly
Most of your employees will have a smartphone or tablet, so ensure that the system is user friendly for this kind of device. Nothing will turn them off quicker than difficulties in accessing the system, via their mobile device.
8. Blended learning
Rather than replacing face-to-face sessions entirely, use your LMS to complement them. You can post prep work, host presentation notes, and follow up with a survey or quiz on the topics covered. You can even use the LMS as a booking system to ensure face-to-face courses aren’t oversubscribed.
9. Keep it bite size
Use the system to encourage staff to learn little and often. Nothing will discourage them more than having to work through reams and reams of information. Bite sized chunks are especially important, if your content will be read when users are on the go.